Chris Ross finds inner fire to light up scoreboard for Beermen

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Looking flat out devastated when he left Cuneta Astrodome following their opening game against Columbian, Chris Ross had this fire in his eyes when he took on crowd darlings Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT That couldn’t be more evident when his sights aimed for the bucket in the third period of the game. Ross, only five points in the first two frames, waxed hot for 12 more that quarter to help the Beermen erect a comfortable lead heading into the stretch.“I knew I had to be a little more aggressive because Alex and Terrence were out,” Ross told the press after San Miguel’s 99-91 victory over Ginebra in Sunday’s nightcap.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I just wanted to get going offensively and make plays for my team, so luckily my team was giving me the confidence to keep going, and I just kept going,” he said.Ross ended the game with 22 points—only second to Christian Standhardinger’s 26—to go with eight assists and six rebounds. LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ The 33-year-old playmaker credits his prolific performance to a long break.“I went [back] to the States,” Ross said. “It was the longest off-season I’ve had in a while, so I got to get back to my old high school and just get a lot of shots in.”Ross made six pointers and figured as the spearhead of that Beermen charge in the third quarter which widened the gap by as many as 23 points.“Coming into the game, it was the trust they gave me,” Ross said. But he was also quick to had that he had help—in the form of Von Pessumal’s equally prolific marksmanship and Marcio Lassiter’s clutch basket.“Those guys are big time players. Von really had a good preseason … He came in a little bit stronger, gained a little more weight. He’s really been performing well for us in the tune-ups. And, you guys know what Marcio can do. So it was a fact of us kinda just waking up after that first game, coming out and playing well,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT “We got it from everybody,” Ross added.Ross’ words of optimism, though, were also adorned with caution: That the Beermen are far from perfect.“This thing’s not going to be easy,” he said. “it’s going to take some time especially integrating Terrence (Romeo), and Christian and Paul (Zamar). And coach is giving Von more minutes, [along with] Kelly Nabong.”And as much as their offense was a big factor in the result, Ross pointed that their effort on the defensive end was just as crucial.“Our defense was really good today, and we know we’re going to get back to that if we want win games,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hamstring injury sidelines San Miguel’s Alex Cabagnotcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

Ingrown toenail

first_imgAn ingrown toenail is a condition in which the edge of the toenail grows into the skin of the toe. The big toe is most commonly affected. Symptoms include pain, redness, and swelling around the toenail.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img

Pro Kabaddi 2019 HIGHLIGHTS, Telugu Titans vs Patna Pirates in Pune: Patna 42-42 Telugu at Full Time

first_imgAfter a dismal run of six successive losses, Patna Pirates have won three on the trot and have given themselves a chance to finish in the top six at the end of the league stage. ‘Record-Breaker’ Pardeep Narwal has been in astounding form and has scored a staggering 58 raid points in Patna Pirates’ past three matches. Limiting the two-time MVP has proven to be an impossible task for opposition defences and if he gets going against Telugu Titans, their defence will have their work cut out.Speaking of defence, a key player for Patna Pirates in that department has been Neeraj Kumar, who leads the team in tackle points with 46. He was particularly impressive against Puneri Paltan and tied a Pro Kabaddi record with 11 tackle points on the night. With the offence firing and the defence, too, finding its feet, Patna Pirates will be the favourites to make it four wins on the trot. After a strong run of four wins and a tie in six matches, Telugu Titans yet again slumped to three straight losses and find themselves 18 points adrift of the top six. They face an uphill battle in their quest to make it to the playoffs but victories in their remaining seven matches and favourable results elsewhere could see them squeak into the top six at the end of the league stage.The key to their fortunes will yet again be Siddharth Desai who has been in sensational form, scoring 54 raid points in his last five matches. In defence, Left Corner Vishal Bhardwaj has led the way for his side with 54 tackle points in 15 matches, but hasn’t received much support from elsewhere. Skipper Abozar Mohajermighani has scored just 30 tackle points so far this season and Telugu Titans need their captain to step over in the final seven matches of the season.Hello FRIDAY, what do you have in store today in #VIVOProKabaddi Season 7?🗣: Hi Sir, we have Baahubali Desai facing off against Pardeep Narwal in #HYDvPAT and I think #IsseToughKuchNahi!Here are the details:⌚: 7 PM onwards📺: Star Sports📱: Hotstar pic.twitter.com/ccGUgoF0yc— ProKabaddi (@ProKabaddi) September 20, 2019last_img read more

Roger Federer Wins 10th Basel Title With Crushing Win Over Alex de Minaur

first_img Alex De MinaurATP Swiss IndoorsATP Tourbasel First Published: October 27, 2019, 10:14 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Basel: Roger Federer clinched a record-extending 10th Swiss Indoors championship title in his hometown of Basel with a crushing 6-2, 6-2 victory over Australia’s Alex de Minaur on Sunday.The 38-year-old Swiss has now won 103 singles titles in his career and the record win in Basel – where he once acted as a ball boy – was the second time he had won a tournament 10 times after achieving the feat in Halle in June. Federer converted four of 10 break points and did not drop serve to wrap up the match in 68 minutes for his fourth title of the year after wins in Dubai, Miami and Halle.”It was fast but very nice, I think I played a great match,” an emotional Federer said after lifting the trophy.”I thought Alex played a great tournament as well, and I think we both can be very happy. But what a moment for me to win my 10th here in my hometown of Basel.”Phenomenal from Roger 🇨🇭The moment @rogerfederer secured his 10th trophy in Basel & 103rd title of his career. 🎥: @TennisTV | #SwissIndoorsBasel pic.twitter.com/moVk2M6jZF— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 27, 2019 Federer and De Minaur traded blows with long baseline exchanges early in the match, including an absorbing 39-shot rally when Federer led 2-1, before the Swiss stepped up a gear to break his opponent twice and take the opening set.Federer was ruthless on his serve and retained his momentum and intensity in the second set, moving into a 3-0 lead after winning five games in a row before De Minaur held.”It was a tough opener… the first five games, we had some great rallies,” Federer added. “I never looked back.”I was great on the offence, made very few unforced errors and came up with the big shots and served well when I had to.”De Minaur’s rare success only delayed the inevitable as Federer set up match point and forced the 20-year-old to fire a forehand wide as the crowd rose to their feet to salute the 20-times Grand Slam champion. last_img read more

My best is yet to come, says Rohit Sharma

first_imgThe comparisons with the legendary pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are certainly flattering but Rohit Sharma feels his partnership with Shikhar Dhawan still has a long way to go before matching up to the iconic opening combination.”Comparisons with India’s most successful opening pairing (Ganguly-Tendulkar) gives you immense satisfaction. Comparisons are a piece of joy. It would be great if me and Shikhar as opening pair can achieve the success that these two accomplished in their illustrious careers,” Rohit, who is going through a dream phase in his career, told PTI in an exclusive interview.”We are still not there but both of us would like to entertain the fans and win as many matches as they have won for India,” he said.Both the batsmen did well in the recent limited-overs series in Australia with Rohit notching up the Man of the Series award in the ODIs despite India losing 1-4.It will be an understatement to say he is in dream form but Rohit’s appetite for big scores has not satiated yet.”This is not the best. Whatever I achieve, I would always tell myself that my best is yet to come. I have scored 441 runs in the ODI series in Australia. In the next big series, my target will be to score more than 441 runs.”If I am satisfied with my past achievements, I will never be able to set higher benchmarks,” the 28-year-old stylish Mumbai batsman said.Ask him about whether the T20 series win holds credit considering the quality of Australia’s bowling, Rohit replied: “I agree that their bowling attack is not same as it used to be but does one expect that Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath would have played on forever? You can only score runs off the bowlers that you play against. Every win counts as that’s what you are supposed to do while playing for the country.”advertisementBut he was quick to point out that this win cannot be compared to the CB Series win of 2007-08.”No way, that was so different. I was a 20-year-old on my second or third tour. The new captain (Dhoni) was just settling down. Imagine their bowling attack. Brett Lee, Nathan Bracken and a far younger Mitchell Johnson. The batting line-up was Hayden, Gilchrist, Ponting and Clarke. So that tournament win can’t be compared to this win but this is also special in its own way.”He speaks about getting the basics right while executing a particular shot but when asked whether it is that simple, he laughs.”May be not but it is a fact that you need to get the basics right. The straight six over fast bowlers’ head is a shot which I play with my batswing being the extension of my arm. It is about timing and position of the body negligible power element in it. But when MS Dhoni bats in the 45th over with the ball going soft, you need those wrists and brute power as to clear ropes. That’s why MS is special.” While the pundits talk a lot about technique, Rohit feels that he only focuses on it when he is not in the middle of a series.”I consider it a part of my preparation. When a series is on and there is a gap of three days between the matches, I would never tinker with the technique. I will not try anything new. Only when the series finishes and I am back home doing nothing, I would start watching those videos and analyse. Once I know what corrective measure is required, I would hit the nets.”Having emerged as one of the mainstays of this line-up, Rohit admits that he is in a good mental space.”I would say that I am in a good space now. I have had eight years of international experience. I know what exactly my role is in the team. The core batting unit now, the four or five of us (Kohli, Pujara, Rahane, Shikhar) have played a lot of cricket with and against each other at the domestic level.”We knew once the legends (Tendulkar, Ganguly, Laxman, Dravid) retire, it would be our turn to carry the legacy forward. We are all in the middle phase of our careers. We enjoy each others’ company and success. We would aim to achieve as much success for the national team as possible. It will be our endeavour to take the Indian cricket to the next level,” concluded Rohit.advertisementlast_img read more

Indian-American narrowly loses Florida Congressional primary

first_imgFrom Lalit K JhaWashington, Aug 31 (PTI) Indian-American Mary Thomas, a government attorney in Florida, narrowly lost her bid to enter the US House of Representatives in the closely contested Florida Republican Congressional primary.38-year-old Thomas, lost the partys primary in Congressional District 2 of Florida, by just 1700 votes, to surgeon Neal Dunn.”Congratulations to our next Congressman Neal Dunn. Together we will work to Make America Great Again. Thank you to our many volunteers who were so passionate about our conservative cause,” Thomas wrote on her Facebook page after conceding her defeat.If elected, she would have made history as the first Indian-American woman to serve in Congress. Her parents arrived in America from India in 1972.The Thomas family eventually settled in Pinellas County, where they started a successful small business.Born in Charleston, South Carolina, Thomas has been a member of Governor Rick Scotts administration since he was sworn into office in January 2011.She currently serves as the General Counsel at the Department of Elder Affairs where she manages and oversees the legal department of an agency that administers a USD 900 million budget. PTI LKJ BSAlast_img read more

Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood to miss South Africa tour

first_imgAustralia fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will miss the tour of South Africa to rest ahead of a busy international programme at home, Cricket Australia said on Friday. (Australia to conduct ‘meaty’ review after Sri Lanka Test debacle)Captain Steve Smith was also sent home last week from Sri Lanka to rest before South Africa, where his side will play six one-day internationals, including one against Ireland, before returning home to face the Proteas in three Tests in November. (David Warner slams pitches after Sri Lanka series win)”Both Mitchell and Josh have had big tours of Sri Lanka and have a heavy workload ahead of them with 10 tests to be played this summer,” chairman of selectors Rod Marsh said in a statement.”As such, it is important they are managed appropriately and we believe missing the tour of South Africa is the right time for them to take a break.”This also provides a good opportunity for some of our up-and-coming fast bowlers to push for selection.”Hazlewood will return to Australia from Sri Lanka immediately, Marsh said, and miss the final one-day match and the Twenty20 series.Starc will remain with the team until the end of the tour.Australia, who were hammered 3-0 in the test series in Sri Lanka, have wrapped up the one-day series with an unassailable 3-1 lead.The final ODI is on Sunday in Kandy before two T20 matches.last_img read more

Knicks Lose Record 13th Straight

first_imgWASHINGTON — The New York Knicks’ deconstruction project hit a new low, setting a team record with a 13th straight loss.The Knicks fell 101-91 to the Washington Wizards on Jan. 7, giving New York its longest in-season skid in the proud franchise’s 69-year history.With J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert traded away, and with Carmelo Anthony (sore left knee) and Amare Stoudemire (sore right knee) injured, the Knicks made dubious history by giving major minutes to the likes of Cole Aldrich, Langston Galloway and Cleanthony Early.Their 23rd loss in 24 games featured all the now-familiar follies and a few new ones: passes that went nowhere, shots that became bricks, and Tim Hardaway Jr.’s bizarre decision to pass the ball away from the basket when he had a two-on-one fast break right in front of him.“We can’t get caught up in the history and record and number of games,” first-year coach Derek Fisher said, “and so we’re coming out and trying to win one game, and we’re supposed to celebrate because we broke a streak? No. That’s not who we’re going to be.”The idea of celebrating was pretty much moot after Washington made a 9-0 run late in the first quarter.The Wizards never really put the Knicks away, but there was also never a sense that they were in danger of losing, and Rasual Butler’s back-to-back baskets midway through the fourth quarter quieted any and all concerns after New York had cut the deficit to five.John Wall had 18 points and eight assists for the Wizards, who avoided slipping in an obvious trap game after a tough five-game road trip.“It’s a situation if you sleepwalk through it, you can look bad, and we slept-walk after we got up 20,” Washington coach Randy Wittman said. “We just can’t take things for granted.”Jose Calderon scored 17 points for the Knicks, whose roster requires a flow chart these days just to keep up. Langston Galloway, signed to a 10-day contract earlier in the day, played 18 minutes. Team President Phil Jackson is mostly concerned with clearing salary cap space for the future.“It’s not easy,” Calderon said. “All the things going on, in a season like that, all the changes happening to us — our teammates, they are going and new guys are arriving — and we’ve got so many injuries as well.”___RECORD IGNORANCE: Fisher said before the game he wasn’t aware his team was on the verge of an infamous achievement.“This franchise has been around long before I was even born, so we can’t carry that much weight into a game like tonight,” Fisher said. “There’s a lot of guys in this locker room that weren’t alive barely 20 years ago, so it’s just about our team and what it is that we’re trying to do.“We don’t like our record, where it falls in franchise history. I guess it would be a reality possibly depending on how the night goes tonight, but that doesn’t have to define us at all. That’s what it is, that’s what it would be and when things are going well for us, we’re setting records the other way, that’ll just be a part of this job and we’ll keep moving forward.”MORE TO LOSE: The unwelcome record chase isn’t done. The Knicks lost 12 straight at the end of the 1984-85 season, won the draft lottery and came away with Patrick Ewing, then lost the first eight games of the 1985-86 season to complete a franchise-record 20-game skid — a mark well within reach of this year’s team.(JOSEPH WHITE, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Browns Insider Asked If Baker Mayfield Can Win The Starting Job

first_imgA closeup of Baker Mayfield in a Cleveland Browns headband.The Cleveland Browns made Baker Mayfield the No. 1 overall pick in April’s NFL Draft. In doing so, they announced they plan on having Mayfield as their quarterback of the future.But is he their QB of the future? The Browns acquired Tyrod Taylor in the offseason, and most indications are that Taylor will begin the season as the starter.This morning, Cleveland.com Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show.” While Patrick had her on, he asked if Mayfield had any shot at being the Week 1 starter.Cabot’s answer was an emphatic no, and it is because the Browns want it that way.“No, because they’re setting it up so that he really can’t win this job, and they’re also setting it up to keep Mayfield-mania at bay,” Cabot said.DP- “Is there any way Baker Mayfield can win this job?”@MaryKayCabot– “No because they’re setting it up so he can’t win this job.” pic.twitter.com/pdEarIiFHD— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) August 7, 2018This makes sense. The Browns are a franchise starved for success and to finally find a competent quarterback. There’s no need to put too much pressure on Mayfield too early in his career, especially if he’s not ready to handle it.Cleveland won’t go 0-16 this year. There is actually some talent on this roster, so they should win a handful of games. Still, playoff contention seems beyond the pale, so sooner or later, it will be time to turn the reins over to Mayfield and let him get his feet wet.That time just won’t be Week 1.last_img read more

Jake Ehlinger, Brother Of Sam, Announces Texas Commitment

first_imgSam Ehlinger of Texas attempts to throw a passDALLAS, TX – OCTOBER 06: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns during the 2018 AT&T Red River Showdown at Cotton Bowl on October 6, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)The younger brother of star Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger took to Twitter on Saturday afternoon to announce where he will play his college football. It should come as no surprise that Jake Ehlinger will follow in his older brother’s footsteps and attend the University of Texas.Although he’s not the highly-recruited athlete his brother was, Jake isn’t backing down from the challenge of competing at the highest levels of collegiate football.Ehlinger will likely continue his football career as a preferred walk-on for the Longhorns. As a two-star recruit, Ehlinger held just a few offers – Penn and Brown – to play football, but now he’ll link up with his brother in Austin.“So blessed to be able to say I have officially decided to continue my academic and athletic career at The University of Texas,” Ehlinger said on Twitter.So blessed to be able to say I have officially decided to continue my academic and athletic career at The University of Texas ???? pic.twitter.com/hdfymBKvZ3— Jake Ehlinger (@jehlinger2) January 19, 2019Sam Ehlinger led the Longhorns to a 10-4 record this season and a huge upset bowl win over then-No. 5 Georgia. Now his brother will join him in Austin and have a chance to quarterback the Texas defense.Tom Herman and company finally put together the season college football fans have been waiting for and there’s plenty for Longhorns fans to be excited about moving forward.last_img read more

Navios Containers Reports 72 Pct Increase in Fleet Capacity

first_imgzoomImage courtesy: Unsplash/Cameron Venti Since the end of 2017, Monaco-based owner and operator of containerships Navios Maritime Containers has grown its fleet capacity by 72% on a TEU basis.As informed, the company’s fleet increased from 21 to 30 vessels since the end of 2017, representing a 43% rise in the number of vessels and totaling 152,821 TEU.The above number includes one containership to be delivered in Q1 2019 and the exercise of the option to acquire one additional 10,000 TEU containership.In January 2019, Navios Containers exercised an option to acquire a 2011-built 10,000 TEU containership from an unrelated third party for a purchase price of USD 52.5 million. The 10,000 TEU unit is expected to be delivered into the company’s fleet during Q1 2019. What is more, the company has the option to buy one more 2011-built 10,000 TEU ship which would be delivered in Q2 2019.A month earlier, the company took delivery of two 2010-built 4,360 TEU boxships, the Bahamas and Bermuda. This is in addition to several containerships acquired by Navios Containers since the beginning of 2018.“NMCI has grown its fleet to 30 containerships. Our investment in our fleet is split roughly equally into Baby Panamax and Neo Panamax vessels, offering an attractive mix of potential in cash yield and capital appreciation, as the Neo Panamaxes provide cash flow while our initial investment thesis in the Baby Panamax comes to fruition,” Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company, said.The developments related to the company’s fleet growth were announced in the company’s financial results for 2018 which show that Navios Containers delivered a net income of USD 12.7 million, against USD 2.6 million seen in the period from April 28, 2017 (date of inception) to December 31, 2017.For the three months ended December 31, 2018, the company saw a net loss of USD 0.2 million compared to income of USD 1.7 million posted in the same period of 2017, due to expenses related to the company’s listing on a US exchange.“I am pleased with the results for the full year and fourth quarter of 2018. For the full year, Navios Containers reported USD 69.3 million of adjusted EBITDA and USD 17.7 million of adjusted net income. For the fourth quarter, we reported USD 15.3 million of adjusted EBITDA and USD 2.4 million of adjusted net income,” Frangou added.last_img read more

Ottawa urged to consider environmental impacts of legal marijuana

first_imgVANCOUVER – Dan Sutton always assumed cannabis had to be grown indoors.The former technology professional was new to the marijuana industry in 2012 when he founded Tantalus Labs. The stereotypical image of a large industrial warehouse, with pot plants growing under bright lights and fans, loomed large in his mind.But when Sutton asked academics, horticulturists and engineers for advice, they all told him that no crop on the planet is grown indoors on a commercial scale.“It just doesn’t really make a huge amount of sense to replace the energy of sunlight, which is so abundant and obviously healthy for leafy green crops, with a synthetic alternative,” he said.So he was focused on plant health, not sustainability, when he decided to build SunLab, a 120,000-square foot greenhouse in Maple Ridge, B.C. It was only after he crunched the numbers that he realized it would use 90 per cent less electricity than a traditional indoor facility, he said.As Canada moves closer to legalizing cannabis, experts are warning it isn’t so green for the environment. Growing pot indoors gobbles electricity through the use of high-intensity lamps, air conditioners, dehumidifiers and more, while irrigation for outdoor grow-ops in California has been shown to be sucking some streams dry.Sutton said cannabis is so lucrative that companies don’t need to control expenses, such as electricity costs, efficiently. Regulators should help newcomers prioritize sustainability — for example, through building standards or green tax credits — but there’s been little discussion of that in Canada so far, he said.“We just let ourselves get to a place where cannabis is so profitable that people aren’t considering the future of the planet,” he said.A peer reviewed study in 2012 estimated that one per cent of U.S. electricity use came from indoor marijuana operations. In California, the top-producing state, indoor cultivation was responsible for about three per cent of electricity use, or equivalent to that of one million homes, wrote Evan Mills, a senior scientist in energy technologies at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.Several Canadian cannabis companies are investing in greenhouse production. Canopy Growth is developing 1.3 million square feet of greenhouse capacity in B.C., while Aurora Cannabis bought a greenhouse-design firm to oversee the construction of its 800,000-square-foot production facility at Edmonton’s airport.Of course, illicit pot growers have traditionally kept their crops indoors to hide them from police. If they join the legal industry, it’s possible some will switch to outdoor cultivation, said Jonathan Page, a University of British Columbia botany professor.Page wrote to the parliamentary committee handling legalization in August and urged it to include outdoor cultivation in Canada’s cannabis regime. In November, Health Canada released proposed regulations that would allow indoor and outdoor producers.But while outdoor production generally uses less energy, it may also use more water. Indoors, it’s important to control water use to keep humidity low and prevent mould, said Emily Backus, chairwoman of a workgroup on cannabis sustainability set up by the City of Denver.A study published by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2015 looked at outdoor marijuana grow-ops and greenhouses. Researchers concluded that weed cultivation was excessively diverting water from creeks that are home to threatened salmon populations.Lead author Scott Bauer said researchers used an industry estimate that a marijuana plant needs about 22 litres of water a day, compared with a wine-producing grape plant, which uses about 12 litres a day.Many cannabis greenhouses in California use lights, raising concerns about energy use and light pollution outdoors, he added.Health Canada’s proposed cannabis regulations do not specifically address energy use or water consumption. The rules would require that legal cannabis products meet quality standards, be produced in sanitary environments and be tested for contaminants and the presence of unauthorized pesticides.In a statement, Health Canada said cannabis facilities, like all industrial facilities, will be subject to Environment and Climate Change Canada rules including pollutant release reporting obligations, water pollutant prohibitions and carbon pollution pricing.“At this time, however, Environment and Climate Change Canada is not planning any new regulations specifically focused on this sector,” it said.Health Canada has asked for feedback on the proposed regulations by Jan. 20. The department is also assessing the environmental impacts of cannabis production, among other impacts, and will publish its findings alongside the finalized regulations, it said.Boulder County in Colorado requires cannabis growers to either offset their electricity use with renewable energy or pay a fee. The fee goes toward a special fund that is used to educate and encourage best marijuana cultivation practices.As the industry has grown, companies have focused more on reducing energy costs to be more competitive, said Ron Flax, the county’s chief building official.“There’s actually an unbelievable level of innovation that’s taken place in the last couple years in terms of more energy-efficient operations.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

Vancouvers conversion therapy ban more than symbolic for identity experts

first_imgVICTORIA – A ban on the practice of so-called conversion therapy in Vancouver sends a powerful message of rejection for controversial “pray the gay away” treatments, say advocates and experts.The city’s unanimous support for a bylaw prohibiting techniques that attempt to persuade people to change their sexual orientation or gender identity gives people reinforcement to reject the therapy, said Coun. Tim Stevenson, who spearheaded the bylaw.Registered psychologist Ashleigh Yule said she has had young adults tell her stories of how as teenagers they were pushed into such programs.“My youth pastor thought it would be important for me to go or my friend thought it would be good for me to go and see if I could pray the gay away,” she said in an interview from Calgary about what some young people have told her.Yule, who works with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and two-spirited youth, said the Vancouver bylaw is hugely symbolic in its public support to many people, but it’s also practical because it offers non-judgmental direction to those examining their sexuality.“My professional opinion would be having these pieces of legislation that are either at a municipal level, at a provincial level, ultimately at a federal level, would be very helpful,” she said. “I don’t feel conversion therapy is a form of therapy. I feel it is a harmful practice.”She said conversion therapy is happening in Canada, but is difficult to track because it is often linked to private events held by faith-based groups.“Certainly, these groups exist,” she said. “It’s hard to find if you are doing a web search or looking in the Yellow Pages. I know for certain it’s happened at the clinical level because I see people who have survived that.”Stevenson, 73, said he expects the bylaw to offer hope to many people facing dark times in their lives.He said he struggled with his sexual identity until he was 30, and knowing there was a law offering support during his time of inner turmoil would likely have provided some comfort.“I think it’s more significant than you might think at first blush because it really does show an attitudinal change within society,” said Stevenson, a former New Democrat member of the B.C. legislature and United Church minister. “Can you imagine 20 years ago this coming forward?”Prof. Elizabeth Saewyc, director of the school of nursing at the University of B.C. and an expert on vulnerable youth, said Vancouver’s city council has shed light on an often hidden issue.“It’s more than symbolic,” she said. “By doing this, they actually make visible, make public for people that this isn’t accepted practice.”Saewyc said in the past she has had parents approach her about issues with their children’s sexuality, but she always steers them away from conversion therapy.“This is not an evidence-based approach,” she said. “In fact there is evidence it can cause harm. The better strategy would be to better support and nurture the child, with whatever orientation they have.”The Vancouver bylaw, passed June 5, highlighted other bans on conversion therapy by Ontario and Manitoba in 2015, and included this year’s vote by the European Union to prohibit the practice on the grounds that it is harmful.It also cited opposition to the therapy by the World Health Organization, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association and the Canadian Psychological Association.The Canadian association says in a policy statement that it is against any therapy that has a goal of repairing or rejecting an individual’s sexual orientation, regardless of age.“Scientific research does not support the efficacy of conversion or reparative therapy,” the association says in its statement. “Conversion or reparative therapy can result in negative outcomes such as distress, anxiety, depression, negative self-image, a feeling of personal failure, difficulty sustaining relationships, and sexual dysfunction.”last_img read more

Construction continues at Centennial Park

first_imgCity staff remind residents this continues to be an active construction area, and there is no public access availableThe budget for the project was $5.5 million for the redevelopment of the park to facilitate a new permanent stage, picnic shelter, a pedestrian walkway, formal garden, washroom, and two playgrounds.To view more on Capital Projects, CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN. B.C. – The staff of the City of Fort St. John are reminding residents of the ongoing construction at the Centennial Park.Within the next few weeks, crews will be moving into phase 2, which will see the west portion under construction and the east section open for use, shares staff of the City.To prepare for the move, city staff share the Grounds Department have been removing plants from the Formal Gardens for use in other areas of the city.last_img read more

Wilden releases ProFlo SHIFT Air Distribution System

first_imgWilden, a provider of the air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pump technology has launched the new Pro-Flo SHIFT Air Distribution System (ADS) for use in Advanced Series bolted and Original Series clamped AODD pumps. The Pro-Flo SHIFT ADS provides greater energy efficiency within the AODD pump category as plants continue to look for ways to reduce air consumption and reduce their carbon footprints. Wilden say that the patent-pending Pro-Flo SHIFT ADS allows Wilden AODD pumps to achieve up to a 60% savings in air consumption compared to other AODD pump technologies.Chris Distaso, Director of Engineering for Wilden said “The Pro-Flo SHIFT represents a giant leap forward in the energy efficiency and performance of AODD pumps. The simple design of the ADS doesn’t require any additional bolted-on equipment or bulky electronics, allowing operators to keep the same compact footprint.”The Wilden Pro-Flo SHIFT is available in 38 mm, 51 mm, and 76 mm sizes and features maximum discharge pressures to 8.6 bar, maximum flows to 923 Ipm and maximum solid-handling size to 13 mm. The Pro-Flo SHIFT is available with maximum suction lifts to 7.2 m dry and 9.6 m wet.Wilden also say that the Wilden Pro-Flo SHIFT costs 50% less than an electronically actuated ADS, is submersible, and featureing plug-and-play operation. Its robust design makes the Pro-Flo SHIFT ideal for use in harsh operating environments and includes ATEX compliance for use in potentially explosive atmospheres. The Pro-Flo SHIFT has fewer operating part, which equates to less downtime and simple maintenance, With no electronics, its design is well suited for the harsh environments typically found in industrial application.last_img read more

Maccabi Rishon Le Zion new Israeli champions

← Previous Story DOMINATION: Vive Tauron Kielce win 14th trophy in Polish Cup Next Story → Telekom Veszprem with +6 to Szeged! Maccabi Rishon Le Zion are the new champions of Israel! The last year runners-up won the Championship after five years! They came to the first trophy since 2013 with impressive domination over the old champions Maccabi Tel Aviv (3:0) in final series.Team from Rishon beat the EHF Cup Groun Stage participants two times in away matches – 32:24 and 23:22, while second match was finished 30:25 in Rishon.Maccabi Rishon Le Zion will compete at qualifications for the VELUX EHF Champions League 2017/2018. read more

Governor responds to shooting of tourist

first_img Related Items: The Governor sent a strong message, saying “We will not allow criminals to operate and feel safe from justice in our communities”. He says while the public will notice a “more visible police presence throughout communities, other efforts are being made on the part of the RTCIPF to ensure public safety over the longer term”. His Excellency says while the police cannot do it alone, the assistance of the public is vital, and urged persons with any tips wishing to remain anonymous to contact Crime Stoppers on 1-800-8477 or contact the Chalk Sound Police Station via 338-5901. Meanwhile, the Governor expressed his thoughts and prayers to the Mr. Newman and his family during this time. Last reports, state Mr. Newman remained in a serious critical condition. The governor adds that he has been in regular contact with the Acting Commissioner of Police and with the Premier since the shooting, and assured the public that “the RTCIPF were doing all they can to bring the perpetrators of this sickening crime to justice” through ongoing investigations.Acting Commissioner of Police, Trevor Botting, described the shooting of Mr. Newman as a “callous and cowardly attack”, something the Governor says we cannot allow such in our society.#MagneticMediaNews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 26th 2017: His Excellency, Governor, Dr.John Freeman is calling on the public to come forward to the police on any knowledge of criminal activity they happen to notice or observe. His statement comes on the heels of the attention the TCI has been getting following the shooting of American tourist, Kevin Newman while in Providenciales last week.last_img read more

My Experience with Twitter So Far

first_imgPeople who put up five, six, 10tweets in a few minutes, all with links to the event they’re at, or worse, totheir promotional stuff, are annoying. I probably couldn’t say what exactlyTwitter is supposed to do, but I can tell you, from my perspective, that’s notit. In December I signed up for Twitter. I’dbeen meaning to do it for a while, but hadn’t, because a) I’m not really anearly adopter and b) I wasn’t sure where another social network fit into myschedule, which already has Facebook,Flickr and mediaPRO. But I believe in Rex Hammock’s philosophy of experimenting innew forms of media, so it had been on my list of things I needed to do. AndI get all the potential value, from both the marketing and journalisticperspectives, among others. The catalyst was a lunch I had withMichael Biggerstaff and Marcus Grimm at NxtbookMedia. They were really into Twitter at the time, and said it was a quickerform of communication than blogging, and that you’re more likely to updatebecause the “tweets” have to be quick hits. Twitter does a spotty jobtechnically. Every few days, a bunch of people report they lost all the tweetsthey posted that day. The noise level is out ofcontrol. It’s not a conversation, it’s a cacophony. It’s like a cocktail partyfrom hell, where everyone is shouting at the same time, and someone also jackedup Led Zeppelin in the other room. If social media is aconversation, it’s barely there on Twitter. People overwhelmingly tweet at eachother. Apparently, conversation is rarely needed or desired. Twitter is,ironically, a one-way communication vehicle in a medium that is supposed to besocial. So I signed up and built a network. Some of the people I follow are reallygood. Dan McCarthy (@danielmccarthy), Jeff Klein (@jeffreysklein), Kurt Andersen(@kbandersen), who does a great job of adding personal but business-relevanttouches), Rachel Sklar (@rachelsklar), and Rex (@r) himself come to mind. So do Ted Bahr (@tedbahr), Eric Gervase(@egervase) and Red 7’s own Loree Stark (@loreestark). Harry McCracken (@harrymccracken),Scott Karp (@scottkarp) and Dylan Stableford (@stableford) are good. Gawker(@gawker) does a great job.FOLIO: (twitter.com/foliomag) and AudienceDevelopment (twitter.com/auddevmag) both signed up recently. Someone asked me last week why ITwitter, and why FOLIO: and Audience Development Twitter, and I said I thoughtthe value was thought leadership, not traffic. If you build a network ofinfluential people, and put out brief and thoughtful tweets (not always linkingto something), there’s real value. I have just under 100 followers and Ifollow about the same amount of people. And here’s the way I feel about Twitterright now: Twitter does a poor jobcontrolling spamming and bogus accounts. If you’re active at all, you get hitwith “follow” requests that are spurious, completely unrelated, sketchy, andyou have to check out the profile to tell what the hell they are. All thesecomplaints aside, I check Twitter several times a day and tweet every day, andas I mentioned, some of the people in my network really get it and bringinsight, perspective and inspiration.last_img read more

Legislators Plot Their Next Move As Medicaid Rollout Looms

first_imgA legislative committee plans to meet Tuesday to discuss whether or not to challenge Gov. Bill Walker’s plan to expand Medicaid in Alaska.Download AudioOne point of contention is if the thousands of lower-income Alaskans who comprise the expansion population are a mandatory group for coverage or an optional group.The federal health care law expanded eligibility for Medicaid, but the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 said states could not be penalized if they didn’t participate in expansion.Some read the court’s decision as meaning the expansion population is optional and that legislative approval is necessary for giving the group coverage.In July, Walker announced plans to accept federal money to expand Medicaid after legislators tabled his bill for further review. The targeted expansion rollout date is Sept. 1.last_img read more

Researchers build two versions of new most accurate clock ever

first_img © 2013 Phys.org Explore further (A) Laser light at 578 nm is pre-stabilized to an isolated, high-finesse optical cavity using Pound-Drever-Hall detection and employing electronic feedback to an acousto-optic modulator (AOM) and laser piezoelectric-transducer. This stable laser light is then delivered to the Yb-1 and Yb-2 systems, where it is aligned along the optical lattice axis to probe the atomic clock transition. Resonance with the atomic transition is detected by observing atomic fluorescence collected onto a photomultiplier tube (PMT). The fluorescence signal is digitized and processed by a microcontroller unit (MCU), which computes a correction frequency, f1;2(t). This correction frequency is applied to the relevant AOM by way of a direct digital synthesizer (DDS), and locks the laser frequency onto resonance with the clock transition. (B) Relevant Yb atomic energy levels and transitions, including laser cooling transitions (399 and 556 nm), the clock transition (578 nm), and the optical pumping transition used for excited state detection (1388 nm). (C) A single-scan, normalized excitation spectrum of the 1S0- 3P0 clock transition in 171Yb with 140 ms Rabi spectroscopy time; the red line is a free-parameter sinc2 function fit. Credit: arXiv:1305.5869 [physics.atom-ph] Citation: Researchers build two versions of new most accurate clock ever (2013, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-05-versions-accurate-clock.html (Phys.org) —Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder Colorado have succeeded in building a record breaking clock—one that has an instability of just one part in 10-18. They describe their new clock in a paper they’ve uploaded to the preprint server arXiv. In it they suggest that if their clock could somehow be used to gauge the age of the universe, it would be able to do so within just a single second. More information: An atomic clock with $10^{-18}$ instability, arXiv:1305.5869 [physics.atom-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1305.5869AbstractAtomic clocks have been transformational in science and technology, leading to innovations such as global positioning, advanced communications, and tests of fundamental constant variation. Next-generation optical atomic clocks can extend the capability of these timekeepers, where researchers have long aspired toward measurement precision at 1 part in $bm{10^{18}}$. This milestone will enable a second revolution of new timing applications such as relativistic geodesy, enhanced Earth- and space-based navigation and telescopy, and new tests on physics beyond the Standard Model. Here, we describe the development and operation of two optical lattice clocks, both utilizing spin-polarized, ultracold atomic ytterbium. A measurement comparing these systems demonstrates an unprecedented atomic clock instability of $bm{1.6times 10^{-18}}$ after only $bm{7}$ hours of averaging.via Arxiv Blogcenter_img Journal information: arXiv As time has passed, clock-making has become more important—besides helping people get together at prearranged times, clocks now help run the GPS system, keep networks on track and are key to unlocking the fundamental laws of the universe. As technology has grown in sophistication, so too has the need for ever more accurate clocks. This has led to atomic clocks which use the electronic transition frequency in the ultraviolet, optical or microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum to keep very accurate time. In this new effort, the researchers built a new type of atomic clock that is more accurate than any that has come before.To build their clock the researchers employed a laser and mirrors to build a lattice trap capable of capturing atoms—its purpose was to hold atoms steady so that there wouldn’t be any frequency interference, a problem with other atomic clocks. The trap was then filled with ytterbium atoms which were then shot with a second laser to measure their electronic frequencies. The result was a clock that if allowed, would be off by less than a second if run for 31 billion years.Building a clock that is believed to be the most accurate in the world creates a problem though, how to accurately measure its accuracy? The answer is by building another clock exactly like the first of course and then comparing the two against one another. That’s what the researchers did, running both clocks for a short period to see if they came up with exactly the same time duration, which the researchers report, they did.One of the first uses for the new clock will be in measuring gravitational redshift, which is a means of measuring very precisely, the height of geographic areas. This can be done because time moves slower in areas of higher gravity. The researchers say their new clock is capable of measuring redshit to within 1 centimeter. Physicists propose a way to make atomic clocks more accurate This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more